thoughts on how to manage data with 256gb

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by eric44, Feb 1, 2012.

  1. eric44 macrumors member

    May 18, 2008
    Would appreciate some thoughts on how to manage my data...
    Currently have an imac with 250gb of video,photos, music etc on it. Growing by the day. Syncing my ipad with selected photos,music,videos etc.
    Was planning on getting an air with 256gb to do photo editing etc, liking the portability.
    What's the best way of moving across just the videos and photos I want onto the air and then syncing the ipad on it?
    What do others do?
    Many thanks
  2. Dlcinnc macrumors newbie

    Nov 26, 2011
  3. gentlefury macrumors 68030

    Jul 21, 2011
    Los Angeles, CA
    External hard drive?
  4. atMac macrumors 6502

    Jun 20, 2011
    External HDD, AirDrop or a paid Dropbox account.
  5. lolwut89 macrumors member

    Jan 13, 2012
    Time capsule. I have 6TB worth of combined drives on my windows desktop so I don't blame you needing to manage some stuff.
  6. agentphish macrumors 65816


    Sep 7, 2004
    I have the 256. I keep minimal amounts of data on it in the long term. I use sugarsync to easily manage about 6-8gb of data that i want to have on my air and my mini, its most of the important stuff that I want to have double or triple backed up.

    Easiest and likely fastest would be an external hard drive. Though with the air you're restricted to USB2.0 (or thunderbolt if your iMac has it too.)

    You could also get a NAS drive and hook it to your router over ethernet that will create a network shared drive automatically and store your data there.

    If you want to keep certain files in sync between the two, you could look at SugarSync or Dropbox. I like SugarSync personally.

    Outside of either of those three options, you could setup a network share on your iMac and connect to it w/ your Air and drag and drop the files from one to the other over the network via finder copy....or if you want to be a more technical about it you can enable secure login on your iMac which enables by default SFTP and you can use an FTP client such as Transmit to move your data back and forth over your network.
  7. eric44 thread starter macrumors member

    May 18, 2008
    Thanks for your thoughts.
    I suppose what I thinking was whether I could use migration assistant to move only the bits I really need to the air and leave the rest behind.
    i.e. move all my itunes library, most of my photos and some of my videos.
    That way I could keep on the air what I really need access to and 'travel light' with data.
    The rest could stay behind on the imac in case I wanted access?
    Not sure I know how to migrate my settings and only selected videos etc?
  8. ZipZap macrumors 603

    Dec 14, 2007
    G-Drive Slim (500 GB).

    Light, small, reasonably priced.
  9. Sythas macrumors 6502a


    Oct 22, 2009
    Québec, Canada
    Just go in sharing preference and share your imac account. Then you'll be able to use your MBA to access your files on your imac when using your username and password... copy-paste ... ok over the air will take a day and night, but didn't cost a dime....
  10. Dweez, Feb 2, 2012
    Last edited: Feb 2, 2012

    Dweez macrumors 65816


    Jun 13, 2011
    Down by the river
    External Firewire 800 drive.

    Edit: nevermind. Thunderbolt drive? :)
  11. Panch0 macrumors 6502a

    Feb 23, 2010
    For iTunes, I use iTunes Match. My media is taking 0GB on my SSD - of course, I can only play music while connected to a network, but I'm rarely outside of WiFi anyway - YMMV.

    I have also used a NAS to connect to my media at home or remotely, but I find Match to be less of a hassle.
  12. psxp macrumors regular

    Jan 8, 2008
    I have a 2TB NAS :)

    Synology 212J accessiable over the internet should I be on the move. Perfect!
  13. Dlcinnc macrumors newbie

    Nov 26, 2011
    Thanks! That answers one of my questions. I was not sure if this would be accessible outside of my home wifi. Hoping that it is not difficult to set up or expensive.

    Thanks again!
  14. supham macrumors newbie

    Mar 1, 2010
    Photography is a hobby of mine. Although iPhoto could handle most of the things I wanted to do, I upgraded to Aperture.

    The biggest reason is Aperture gives you away to manage multiple libraries with ease. I keep the last few months of photos on my MBP and the main library on my iMac.
  15. eric44 thread starter macrumors member

    May 18, 2008
    Very helpful posts - thanks.
    Please explain what a NAS drive is and what makes it different to any other external drive?
    Why is it a good solution?
  16. supham macrumors newbie

    Mar 1, 2010
    There are many solutions here are 3 from simpist to most complex

    1) Local external hard drive. Just plug in a external drive when you need it. BAM. Instant 500 gig to 2 TB. Just a bit of a pain to always have to plug the drive in.

    2) Shared Drive on Another computer. Just share folder on your iMac (or similar) or plug that external drive into the iMac and share it. Nice solution while in your house.... One problem is you must have another computer and it must always be on (for the most part...)

    3) NAS Solution. Network-Attached-Storage. Basically the same as the above but the computer part is built into the storage. This removes the need for another computer. NAS solutions can be more $$$ than just adding disk to the solution #2

    Hope that helps.
  17. Shoot macrumors regular

    Oct 17, 2008
    if you didn't want anything sticking out you COULD go with an SD card, not ideal tho.
  18. eric44 thread starter macrumors member

    May 18, 2008
    Been through my folders and found that there is actually only 89gb of data to move onto a new MBA.
    lots of duplication on videos courtesy of iTunes!
    Also 93gb of videos I do not need day to day access to.
    does anyone know how much of the MBA drive is used up by OSX etc on arrival?
    I am figuring that 256gb should last me for years...
  19. shootingstar64 macrumors regular


    Nov 27, 2008
    Monterey, CA
    owning an mba 11" with 256gb ssd myself, i am struggling with valued hard disk space myself!

    today i took the plunge and ordered one of the new announced "Elgato Thunderbolt SSD 120 GB" drives.

    i know, those are very expensive but if you ever get used to the speed and convenience of ssd's you could never look back!

    at home i am backing up and storing additional data on 4TB WD drive attached to an Airport Extreme.

    the external ssd will solely be used for photo shoots and editing purposes, will let you know how this will work out if the drive get mailed in ...
  20. eric44 thread starter macrumors member

    May 18, 2008
    That is one cool external drive, not available in the UK yet but well worth considering.
    Likeing the silent running...
  21. Macman45 macrumors G5


    Jul 29, 2011
    Somewhere Back In The Long Ago
    I keep all non critical data off my MBA's 256GB SSD...I transfer new project material to my iMac, and obviously to my backup drives as soon as I return from location. I don't want to add external storage if I can avoid it, as it reduces the "portability" of the Air.

    Good file management practice means it should be possible to cope with the smaller storage volume, but then, I go way back in the day when 20MB (yep 20 MB) was a standard hdd size!

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